• Ella Townsend

10 facts about copper you may not have known

Copper is well known for its antimicrobial properties. That is why we use it in our Hygi metal alloy. Having antimicrobial properties means that it can help reduce the spread of harmful pathogens by killing and inactivating them on contact. But copper has many other interesting facts about it as well. How many of these did you know?

1. Copper is essential for human nutrition. It’s vital for blood cell formation and enhances wound healing. We can find copper in a lot of foods and water supplies. However, too much copper can cause problems such as anemia and jaundice.

2. Foods that contain copper include oysters, shiitake mushrooms, leafy greens, dark chocolate, nuts and seeds, lobster, and sweet potatoes.

3. Copper is 100% recyclable and roughly 80% of all copper that has been mined is still in use today.

4. Copper tubes were first used by Ancient Egyptians in 2750BC to carry water.

5. The Egyptians used the ankh symbol to represent copper in their system of hieroglyphs. The symbol also represented eternal life.

6. Copper has a melting point of 1085°C, and a boiling point of 2562°C.

7. The Statue of Liberty is made entirely from copper but appears green because of the type of corrosion from the surrounding water.

8. All gold contains copper, even 24 karat gold. It needs copper as it is so soft it can be moulded with just the hands.

9. Copper has been used in socks to help treat foot infections. The 33 miners who were stuck underground in Chile for more than 2 months were sent socks containing iron oxide fibers which acted as anti-fungal agents.

10. The word copper comes from the Latin ‘Cyprium aes’, meaning ‘Cyprus metal’, since copper was first obtained in Cyprus, by the Romans.

Copper is an amazing material with many benefits and by using our products that contain it you can help create safer environments. If you want to find out more, contact us today.

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